Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tempted to Touch by Remmy Duchene

Luck, happenstance, whatever you call it… Love finds a way.

Clark James works hard. And though he's not wealthy and he sometimes struggles to pay the bills, he is happy. Though many see being gay as a burden, Clark knows it’s who he is and moves on. He has dreams to set in motion. When he helps an elderly woman who fainted in the street, Tae Won Kim walks into Clark’s life.

When Tae Won Kim finds out about the man who saved his mother, Tae knows he must reward him. But the infuriating Clark James refuses to take anything from him. The more he pushes, the more he sees Clark as a man he could really bring into his life. Clark is kind, sexy, loving but hellbent on keeping Tae at arm’s length.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of spanking.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Clark and Tae meet at a hospital when Clark helps Tae's elderly mother after she has a fall in the street. Their meeting is brief and doesn't go particularly well. I found their responses in the aftermath of their first meeting to be disproportionately strong. The way they were thinking about each other you would think they knew each other better or at least for longer.

With a gentle push from Tae's mother, a courtship of sorts begins and the story settles into a more comfortable rhythm. Tempted to Touch is easy romantic reading and I enjoyed it.

Remmy Duchene is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style to be fluid and easy to read. Clark James works at a diner, and on an eventful day, his life changes. An older woman falls and breaks her hip, causing bystanders to take pics and videos instead of helping the woman. (I found it hard to believe how they all knew who the woman was, but didn't jump in to help her because of who she was – to get the notoriety and monetary reward Clark refused. Also, while the majority are asshats, I highly doubt out of a crowd of 20 or so, that no one would help.) Out rushes Clark to the rescue.

I enjoyed the addition of Rae to the storyline, Tae's mother, and how easily she bonded with Clark. Clark's narration was pleasant to read, and Tae's was different in the way he was more emotionally closed off.

The story itself, I found a bit difficult to swallow. How did Tae know where to find Clark, other than at the diner? How did Tae come to find Clark at the batting cages? The set up was great, Clark meeting Tae via Rae's accident, and the woman trying to push them together.

Tae hanging up out of fear to rush to the hospital was a knee-jerk reaction, but Clark's snubbing him at the hospital in retaliation seemed to be catty and contradictory to the man the reader was getting to know. While waiting to make restitution as a thank you, Tae immediately moved toward romance with Clark, which was bizarre. (I could understand an ailing mother going that direction.) But romance and lust are not the same thing, and Tae immediately went there, before Clark or the reader was ready.

Rae was talking of forever/son-in-law before Clark ever met Tae, without knowing if he was gay or not, or married/in a relationship, when she had shared no more than 20 words with the young man. He could have been a bad person who helped because most people help elderly when they are in need. It takes a true sociopath not to (like the 20+ bystanders).

The manufactured love/hate tension felt forced, as did the romance and attraction, that is what kept me from thoroughly enjoying the novella.

I give mad props to the author for writing a culturally diverse cast of characters, and the way the Korean was used in dialogue, with either the next line of dialogue or inner monologue translating it into English. I do wish it wasn't italicized, as Rae and Tae were speaking the words, no different than the English words that were spoken.

Highly recommend to MM romance fans who don't mind insta-love, don't want a complicated plot and a ton of angst, and are looking for a few hours of romantic, warm and fuzzy escapism.

Multi-published Remmy Duchene was born in St. Anns, Jamaica and moved to Canada at a young age. When not working or writing, Remmy loves dabbling in photography, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tempted to Touch by Remmy Duchene to read and review.

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